Humboldt State University

First Year Connections

Freshman interest groups

  • hop
  • Humboldt Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Program
students in the outdoors

As a first year student at HSU, you're invited to join these and several other amazing day trips and multi-day adventures.

Explore Your Opportunities

Welcome Home to Humboldt! Humboldt State University is nestled between lush redwood forests, pristine beaches and beautiful river ecosystems in a world-renowned recreational paradise. Part of the transition to our rural Humboldt State campus is to get to know this outdoor paradise in a safe and guided way. Both social and curricular activities tend to center on the outdoors here, which can be a difficult transition for some students who don’t have outdoor experience. Center Activities is here to support you and introduce you to your new home in this outdoor paradise, starting with outdoor adventures just following HOP in August!

You and your family are invited to join several amazing and affordable day trips of hiking, kayaking, rafting, surfing and rock climbing, and explore the outdoors. You are also encouraged to choose an overnight expedition and meet other new HSU students.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Starting a new life far from home can be intimidating at first and the Outdoor Adventure program is a great opportunity to meet other students who are new to Humboldt County. We often receive rave reviews from students who spent a weekend exploring with us, and have gained a new appreciation for the environment and their new outdoor skills. We hear just as much positive feedback about the friendships these students built during their weekend in the wild.

FROM BEGINNER TO PRO—ALL ARE WELCOME

So, you've never rock climbed in your life and you don't own a pair of those odd-looking climbing shoes—can you still participate in the trip? Absolutely. No experience is required for any of these trips. We have patient, experienced guides who will teach you how to have a safe and fun time in all of these adventures. If gear (like surfing wetsuits or hiking backpacks) is required and you don't already own any, we can rent you the items. Whether you have family members who are in town and you are looking for something to do or you are looking to meet other students, we have options for you. Please look at our class descriptions to determine which adventures would best suit your interests.

Whether you have family members who are in town and are looking for something to do or you are a Transfer Student looking to meet other Transfer Students, we have options for you. Please look at our class descriptions to determine which adventures would best suit your interests.

Please Note -­ These trips are only open to new or transfer HSU students AND their family members or guests. Trips will fill to capacity, so reserve your spot as early as possible. While we keep waiting lists, it is often difficult to fill a last-minute opening.

Please Note -­ Every student who participates in an aquatic activity must be "water safe." This means that you should be able to swim at least 50 yards, using any stroke, and then be able to tread water for five minutes

Still have questions? C​ontact Center Activities at: 7​07.826.3357​
or c​ntract@humboldt.edu